Sporting Events, Emotional Cues, and Crime: Spatial and Temporal Evidence from Brazilian Soccer Games

64 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2018 Last revised: 4 Aug 2020

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Qi Ge

Vassar College - Department of Economics

Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Rodrigo Schneider

Skidmore College

Date Written: June 12, 2020

Abstract

Utilizing a novel dataset of police reports that provides granular street- and vehicle-level information on vehicle thefts and robberies in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, we explore the impact of soccer games and their outcomes on crime and study its spatial heterogeneity. Estimates from a regression discontinuity design suggest that crime increases immediately after home games in streets that are within a tight radius from the stadiums. The effect is driven by vehicle thefts with popular car models being more likely to be targeted and is particularly salient after upset losses and derby games.

Keywords: sporting events, emotional cues, crime, spatial distribution

JEL Classification: D91, R12, Z2,

Suggested Citation

Ge, Qi and Sarmiento-Barbieri, Ignacio and Schneider, Rodrigo, Sporting Events, Emotional Cues, and Crime: Spatial and Temporal Evidence from Brazilian Soccer Games (June 12, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3289286 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3289286

Qi Ge (Contact Author)

Vassar College - Department of Economics ( email )

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Ignacio Sarmiento-Barbieri

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia - Department of Economics ( email )

Carrera 1a No. 18A-10
Santafe de Bogota, AA4976
Colombia

HOME PAGE: http://https://ignaciomsarmiento.github.io/

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

Urbana-Champaign, IL
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.econ.illinois.edu/~ignacio

Rodrigo Schneider

Skidmore College ( email )

815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
United States

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